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  • cannot recall which moddel it was but looks simular to the country, had use of one in a large garden i did a few years ago 

    it was a pain to get into the garden as it was top heavey it used to bung up with soft green waste tried saving woody stuff toput through to clear it out the wooden shaft of the rake became half the lenth it used to be (by the owner) i found it mutch quicker to transport it to the bonfire it stood in the guararge  unused for three years and as far as i know its still there 

  • I have an Eliet Major and TBH has been my most disapointing buy. The problem was at the time of purchase, the entry level small chipper was £4k, the Eliet was around £1.8, so I thought it would do a job. Biggest problems, it will only draw in woody branches, green stuff needs pushiing thu and can clog, the 'shreded' brash falls onto the ground, so needs clearing regularly. If you have time and have relaxed working conditions, it will do a job, but commercially, we find its better to bag up and take rubbish to the tip. 

  • We bought two Eliet Majors some time ago and they are ok for woody prunings such as conifer etc but anything soft and sappy will block them, when we bought ours they had the option of an additional coarse screen which has large square holes rather than the fine screen with small round holes which to be honest is useless.The stuff is dropped on the floor and as commented elsewhere you either need to move it or the shredder as it will eventually build up and block the screen.

    I don't want to be totally negative as they are bullet proof, easy to unblock, miserly on fuel and can access tight areas,yes you can just bag the stuff but they will reduce the volume by 12:1 , lot less bags!! So to summarise considering the cost of alternatives they do have a place, and if you only put woody prunings through them there are'nt any issues, we have an old Honda Pro which we run over the sappy stuff and this does a brilliant job of smashing up straight into the grass box, hope that helps.

  • Thanks for the feedbacks chaps; much appreciated.  Food for thoughts certainly.


  • Had a Maestro Country for just over a year now. Superb for reducing the bulk of woody mixed cuttings including conifers. Absolute crap.for privet and soft cuttings with the standard sieve supplied. Although the handbook says blades can be sharpened in the machine using an angle grinder, it is virtually impossible. I found it better to remove them for sharpening. Makes a far better job. Easy to start and operate. Fairly compact size makes it easy to manoeuvre in and out of some fairly tight access points. With the feed chute removed it easily fits inside the van, (new model Vauxhall Vivaro), with mower, ladders and all other gear. One issue with dirt inside the carb but otherwise been superb. Glad I bought mine and would recommend.

    • Good feedback. Any good for chipping hazel, Holly and escolonia? 

      • Have used it for both holly and hazel. Due to the fairly narrow feed chute, holly needs to be encouraged down to the blades with a bit of 2 x 2. As long as it is pushed through, the machine had no problems / blockages with the holly. Did a load of ivy with it last week. This needs encouraging through also.

  • Thanks Michael. I am still pondering about them. In truth I can see a couple of Gardens where I could utilise a chipper/Shredder as part of my visit. I am fortunate that I tend to work at one garden all day and then another garden the following day and so forth on a cyclical basis. A brand new one is probably not needed but a good quality low use one could be the answer. Any further feedbacks would be great. Thanks 

    • Hi Andrew,

      If you check the website of elite ,they sometimes have links to second hand or almost used stuff..




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    Don't  your much better spending a little bit more and get a more versatile machine

    we have a Lawnflight chipper that's good for up to 3to 4 inches cost about 2k well worth the extra

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